It was already a game that needed no extra build up, as the Jaguars play host to the Patriots in an AFC Championship rematch Sunday at TIAA Bank field.
However, some more intrigue was added Tuesday morning, when New England signed former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns and recently released Bills receiver Corey Coleman. And you better believe, that Tom Brady is looking forward to having Coleman contribute, probably as soon as Sunday.
First on Coleman, he was traded by Cleveland in the middle of the preseason abruptly, as the Browns gave up on the former 15th overall pick from 2016. Very interestingly, Buffalo took on the guaranteed final two years of Coleman’s salary, yet released him in the final camp cut down.
That’s what made him available for New England to sign him after a workout Monday. Whether it’s been names like Hall of Famer Randy Moss, or more recently, Brandon LaFell or Brandin Cooks, it’s another example of how the Pats go and find receivers from other teams (particularly ones that have been discarded) and try to make them better.
That’s what a Hall of Fame quarterback will do for you, like what Brady is. He debuted Sunday in a 27 – 20 win over the Texans throwing for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Seven of those completions were to his favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also had one of the scores.
But, Brady also found journeyman receiver Phillip Dorsett seven times for 66 yards and a touchdown.
This once again shows, as it has for 20 years under the Brady/Bill Belichick era that they can plug in almost any receiver and have him succeed in their passing game.
The Patriots also have former Dolphins receiver Chris Hogan, who only had one catch Sunday against the Texans and former Vikings top pick Cordarrelle Patterson who also had a single reception Sunday.
Do not be surprised, if Coleman is in good shape, that he gets a crash course from Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and is ready for at least a few plays on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Of course, the Jaguars pose one of the best defenses in the NFL, and are ready to go in their home opener to try and pay the Patriots back for keeping them from a historic trip to the Superbowl last January.
The Jags aren’t going to be scared of Corey Coleman!
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